The COVID pandemic has pretty much kept me close to home but I have managed to venture out a bit, primarily for night photography in remote locations where it’s easy to practice social distancing. Hundreds of tufa spires rising from the bed of a dry lake comprise the Trona Pinnacles, located in the California Desert National Conservation Area. Pretty much in the middle of nowhere, dark skies abound creating endless opportunities for interesting Milky Way and star trail images. On my first visit there I found a primitive campsite where the north star could be positioned directly over a saddle in the spires but I decided the composition needed some props. So I returned a few weeks later, setting up my tent and building a fire. S’mores anyone?